Explosives seized

PATNA: Bomb disposal squads from Delhi and Kolkota were sent to the east Indian state of Bihar on Saturday after police seized around 100 kg explosives believed to be from left-wing Maoist rebels. Police made the find on Thursday at a residential locality on the outskirts of the state capital Patna. “In all over 100 kg explosives were recovered,” Sudhir Kumar Podika, Patna city superintendent of police, told AFP. “These bombs, believed to have been brought into the city by the People’s Liberation Front of India, were of moderate to high intensity,” he added. Podika said they made the find after an “intelligence tip-off” from police in neighbouring Jharkhand state.  “In all, we recovered 12 improvised explosive devices, 52 timer devices, 10 kg ammonium nitrate, two sensors, seven remotes and 100 electric detonators from the lodge in a residential area,” the officer added. — AFP

Boko Haram kills 11

KANO: Eleven people were killed in a Boko Haram raid on a remote village in northeast Nigeria, residents and a civilian vigilante assisting the military against the Islamists told AFP. “We lost 11 people and almost half our village was set ablaze,” said resident Kyari Sanda from Ngamdu, some 100 km south of the Borno state capital, Maiduguri. Danlami Ajaokuta, from the civilian militia force, confirmed the attack, which on Friday. — AFP

Prez poll postponed       

BUJUMBURA: Presidential elections in crisis-hit Burundi have been postponed to July 21, nearly a week later than originally scheduled, the presidency announced Saturday. A decree signed by President Pierre Nkurunziza, whose controversial bid to stand for a third consecutive five-year term has sparked weeks of civil unrest, said the polls would be moved from July 15 to July 21.— AFP